Sounds rather illicit, no?
Have no fear, this homeschool mama is still on the straight-n-narrow in the children's waking hours. I'm talking fruit and veggie juice, people.
I started juicing last month. I first was exposed to it by Jane, a woman in my book club whom I sooo admire and secretly want to be like (yes, I'm a Jane groupie!). She and her family live a very centered, healthy life, and she encouraged me to look into juicing for extraordinary health benefits.
I did, and I must say that I was bowled over by my research. I saved my pennies for a good-quality juicer, and the rest is history.
The High Flyer is my favorite afternoon pick-me-up.
Pretty, isnt' it? What gives it that fabulous deep magenta glow?
Beets! Juice a beet, one tart apple, 3-4 carrots, 10 spinach leaves and presto! You got a High Flyer; a healthy energy rush full of more fresh, natural vitamins and nutrients than most Americans get in a week.
I love the beet. I sneak it into the kids' juice and presto! Beautiful, party-pink fruit punch. Kale, spinach, watercress, parsley and all of their fabulous nutrients are coursing through the veins of my family. Makes this Mama delirious with joy at just the thought.
What about all the fiber in the actual fruit or vegetable? people ask. Please note that juicing is in addition to the 5-7 fruits and veggies we should be getting each day. And come on, how many cups of kale or watercress am I going to get into my kids each week? Granted, I chop up kale and put it in nearly everything, but still, I get a lot more of it into them now that I'm juicing.
I'm thrilled that the Mister is all-aboard the Juice Train. The guy loves the stuff, and is even willing to do a two-day juice fast this weekend, in an effort to detox his system and begin the hard work of lowering his cholesterol.
If anyone has any good recipes, I'd love to hear them. Bottoms up!